Wednesday, July 1, 2020

How to Install Audacity 2.3.3 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 19.10 via PPA

Linuxslaves.com - Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application software for Linux, Mac OS, Windows, and Unix-like operating systems. The software is licensed under the terms of GPL v2.

Audacity was started in the fall of 1999 by Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg at Carnegie Mellon University and was released on May 28, 2000 as version 0.8.

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As of June 26, 2020, it is the most popular download from FossHub, with over 93.2 million downloads since March 2015.

Install Audacity on Linux

Audacity 2.3.3 comes with over 150 bug fixes and a lot of code restructuring. Refers to its official news page, here are list of improvements and bug fixes.

Improvements

  • Equalization effect now split into two effects, Filter Curve and Graphic EQ
  • Presets (using manage button) now active/working
  • Can now have two points at same frequency for steep steps
  • What you hear is what you get for exports. Formerly the solo button
  • preferences could lead to differences in which tracks were exported
  • Leading silence (blank space) not skipped over in exports
  • Quality setting on AAC/M4A exports
  • Removed Nyquist Workbench (use built-in nyquist features)
  • Removed Vocal Remover (use Vocal Reduction)
  • Removed On-Demand aliased files (copy files instead)
  • Removed ‘Normalize on Load’ (Normalize as needed on export, instead)

Bug Fixes

  • Crash when opening Equalization settings in a Macro
  • Crash deleting a track while in Record/Pause state
  • Crash when attempting to time shift multiple tracks
  • Tabbing between labels stopped working
  • Refusal to export some large (4GB) files on size grounds

Installing Audacity 2.3.3 on Ubuntu

There are some methods to install Audacity on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu based distirubutions. They are Snap store, Flathub, PPA repository, or bulding from the source.


For Personal Package Archive, the packages are available for Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine, 19.04 Disco Dingo, and 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver.

Step 1 - Open terminal via app launcher or simply press Ctrl+Alt+T

Step 2 - Run the command below to add PPA in Ubuntu :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Type your password (no visual feedback) and press Enter continue

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Step 3 - Now run the following command to install / upgrade the Audacity in Ubuntu :

sudo apt install audacity

Alternatively, you can launch Software Updater if you have installed any previous version.

For those who use Unity desktop, you may like to watch how to enable Audacity global menu. So that's all I can share. Enjoy the Audacity as free audio editor on your PC. Thanks for reading!.

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